High Performance for Large Backup Jobs
The majority of BoxMaker’s data is graphics artwork. As a box and packaging manufacturer, they are required to accumulate an enormous amount of graphics information originating from design to finished artwork. In addition, they have a significant amount of data that is commonplace—Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, PDFs, accounting information, and various other business information.
The BoxMaker policy for optimal service to their clients is to keep graphics artwork for as long as ten years, which Griffin backs up on a daily/weekly/monthly schedule. “I can stop worrying because I know that the data is there and that the solution is reliable. I find the ease of operation, including the overall interface and configuration to make my life much easier,” said Griffin.
“Our ExaGrid system has provided excellent performance, including restorations if needed. It’s doing quite well, and in fact, it has more capabilities than I’m currently leveraging. I look forward to utilizing even more of its performance capabilities like large-block access and VLANing. Our ExaGrid support engineer is very instrumental in our infrastructure. I’ve come to rely on him quite a bit for making sure I find ways to optimize.”
ExaGrid writes backups directly to a disk-cache Landing Zone, avoiding inline processing and ensuring the highest possible backup performance, which results in the shortest backup window. Adaptive Deduplication performs deduplication and replication in parallel with backups for a strong recovery point (RPO). As data is being deduplicated to the repository, it can also be replicated to a second ExaGrid site or the public cloud for disaster recovery (DR).
ExaGrid and Veeam can instantly recover a file or VMware virtual machine by running it directly from the ExaGrid appliance in the event that the file is lost, corrupted or encrypted or the primary storage VM becomes unavailable. This instant recovery is possible because of ExaGrid’s Landing Zone – a high-speed disk cache on the ExaGrid appliance that retains the most recent backups in their complete form. Once the primary storage environment has been brought back to a working state, the VM backed up on the ExaGrid appliance can then be migrated to primary storage for continued operation.